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CN ON: Ruling Boosts Pot Company's Plan

Sat, 06/20/2015 - 07:00
The Sun Times, 19 Jun 2015 - Supreme Court Says Medical Marijuana Can Be Supplied in Many Forms The head of the company that plans to develop cannabis-based oils, creams and capsules in Owen Sound is applauding a Supreme Court of Canada decision that expands the definition of legal medical marijuana.

US MI: Potholes Loom On Road To Legal Marijuana

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 07:00
Detroit Free Press, 18 Jun 2015 - Would you smoke marijuana if it were legal? Backers of two rival ballot initiatives to decriminalize the cultivation, purchase and use of marijuana are betting that a significant percentage of Michigan adults a=C2=80" at least 12% a=C2=80" would, generating upwards of $200 million a year in tax revenue once the state has established the ground rules for a legal market.

US NY: Trade Show In New York For A Trade Not Yet Legal

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 07:00
New York Times, 19 Jun 2015 - A question hung in the air at the Cannabis World Congress and Business Exposition at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan on Thursday: How do you show off your wares in a place where actually using them would be illegal? The sales pitches were carefully honed.

US OH: OPED: Legalizing Marijuana Offers Benefits to Society

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 07:00
Dayton Daily News, 19 Jun 2015 - The recent trend to legalize marijuana (aka "pot," "weed," and maybe other names with which I, as a non-user, am unfamiliar) has aroused much furor. Even some in law enforcement and medicine now question the wisdom of continuing policies that seem only to have exacerbated a problem arising mainly from propaganda-induced hysteria (e.g., "Reefer Madness" and its progeny). So, let's sort out the main issues. Addiction: Marijuana is described as an addictive drug, despite that most users exhibit no clear signs of dependence. Many puff a joint now and then, but have been known to put it aside for months at a time. Still, some individuals are unusually susceptible to addiction; as with those prone to alcoholism, even minimal exposure triggers dependence.

Guyana: Column: Cannabis Cures: Time to End the Stigmatization

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 07:00
Stabroek News, 19 Jun 2015 - While the norm in most places nowadays is to run into a pharmacy and pick up some medication if one is feeling ill, the truth is that pharmacies, as we know them, have only been around for a couple hundred years. People, however, have been on planet Earth for thousands of years.

US WA: Editorial: Recognize Medical Cannabis

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 07:00
The Herald, 19 Jun 2015 - In 2014, Congress quietly ended the federal government's prohibition on medical cannabis with a provision buried in the 1,603-page federal spending bill, The Los Angeles Times reported at the time. The rule says that states where medical cannabis is legal would no longer need to worry about federal drug agents raiding retail operations and prohibits agents from doing so. The change was prompted by bipartisan supporters. The change, however, does nothing to protect patients who use medical cannabis because the scientifically flawed and old federal law, favored by the Drug Enforcement Agency, still considers all cannabis a dangerous, addictive drug, with no medical use. This year, for the first time ever, the Senate has joined the House in calling for a schedule reclassification for medical cannabis - from Schedule 1 to Schedule 2 - acknowledging that it does have medical uses. In March, the Democratic and Republican senators introduced the "Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States Act," which would also direct the federal government to stop prosecuting dispensaries in states that have legalized marijuana for medical use, just as the provision in the spending bill did. The law would allow cannabidiol imports to help patients with epilepsy and seizure disorders, and allow Veterans Affairs doctors to prescribe medical cannabis.

CN ON: Mother Outraged by Health Minister's Comments on

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 07:00
West Carleton Review, 18 Jun 2015 - The Conservative Party of Canada faces more challenges scoring political points with its base over drug laws now that a court has ruled patients have a constitutional right to consume medical marijuana derivatives. The Supreme Court of Canada unanimously ruled that medical marijuana users can consume edible medical marijuana products such as cannabis oils, teas and brownies. That means six-year-old Liam McKnight of West Carleton does not have to smoke joints to help ease the frequent and severe seizures he experiences as a side effect of his rare form of epilepsy.

US OH: Elections Chief Flags Voter Forms From Marijuana Group

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 07:00
Morning Journal, 18 Jun 2015 - COLUMBUS (AP) - Voter registrations collected by a marijuana legalization campaign are to be closely scrutinized for potential fraud under orders the state's elections chief delivered Wednesday. Secretary of State Jon Husted advised the state's 88 county election boards to carefully analyze new voter registrations submitted by The Strategy Network, the organization coordinating a signature drive for ResponsibleOhio's marijuana legalization campaign.

US CA: Pot Dispensary Sues Santa Ana Police, Officials

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 19 Jun 2015 - Sky High Holistic Says the Mayor and Others Had Corrupt Dealings and That Rights Were Violated in May Raid. An Orange County marijuana dispensary and its members have filed a federal lawsuit accusing Santa Ana police officers of excessive force during a raid last month.

US CO: Column: Will Foria Oil Get Me High Down There?

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 07:00
Westword, 18 Jun 2015 - Dear Stoner: I just heard about Foria, some marijuana oil claiming to enhance a female's sex life. Is it basically female Viagra that also gets me high down there? Brittany Dear Brittany: I'm still looking for a girlfriend who will help me with hands-on research, but reviews of Foria describe it as more of a sex enhancer than a magic arousal lube. According to Foria's website, the potion is made with coconut oil and solventless cannabis oil, so a two-milligram serving sprayed in your mouth will eventually give you a high similar to that of tinctures or edibles - but its main area of application is downstairs. Women who've used Foria describe it as having moderately to significantly enhanced their sex lives while providing new sensations in bed - both with a partner and riding solo. However, for the most part, their vaginas were left disappointingly sober. To Foria's credit, its website says the oil's effects are more about getting you off than getting you high; while some people use it as lubricant, for maximum effect it should be applied to your nether parts thirty minutes before you have sex. And even if it's not as uplifting as Viagra, at the very worst, it's a jar of edible sex oil that you can spray in your mouth for a good buzz.

US CA: Column: Senator Dianne Feinstein Says Nein to Legal

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 07:00
Sacramento News & Review, 18 Jun 2015 - Hey, I thought Senator Dianne Feinstein had recently come out in support of medical cannabis. What's this I hear about her voting against a recent bill? - -Medical Mark Your info is almost correct. This is what happened: Just about two weeks ago, the Senate Appropriations Committee held a vote on an amendment to the Department of Justice appropriations bill. This amendment would keep the DEA and the DOJ from going after legal businesses in states with medical marijuana laws. An identical amendment has already passed the House. The SAC voted to approve the amendment 21-9, with California Senator Dianne Feinstein being the only Democrat to vote against.

Canada: Editorial: How The Pot Cookie Crumbles

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 15 Jun 2015 - There's this great natural pain remedy you can legally buy in Canada. It's called salicylic acid. One source is willow bark. You boil the bark into a tea and drink it, as the ancient Greeks did. If you want, you can also source salicylic acid from castoreum, an anal secretion of the North American beaver, as was often done in the 18th century. Alternately, if you like things a little more modern, you can ingest it in a modified pill form. You know it as Aspirin.

Canada: OPED: Why Is The City Of Vancouver Regulating Illegal Activity?

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 15 Jun 2015 - As the City of Vancouver consults with the public on its proposal to license marijuana retailers, I expect many people are not asking themselves about the details - for example, should pot shops be allowed at transit malls - but about the bigger question: What is the city doing regulating an illegal activity? Yes, storefront marijuana sales are still against the law. Marijuana can be distributed legally for medical purposes, but several conditions must be met. Among them, the patient needs a doctor's prescription, and the purchase must be from one of a very small number of producers licensed by Health Canada.

US NJ: NJ Weedman's Joint Opens for Business Monday, Free

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 07:00
The Trentonian, 15 Jun 2015 - TRENTON - Ed Forchion's new restaurant and sanctuary on East State Street will open its doors for business Monday morning. "I went from Burlington County Jail to State Street," Forchion said. "I'm stressing so much, I'm pulling my dreads out."

CN BC: Edibles Bring Risks And Rewards

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 16 Jun 2015 - A year ago, Brina Levitt became a believer in the power of medical marijuana after she crashed her bike on one of the vestigial railroad tracks that line the streets of Vancouver's historic Granville Island. The 36-year-old Vancouver woman says she was left with debilitating back pain and insomnia that over-the-counter pain medication and sleeping pills could not fix. She had smoked marijuana only a few times in her life, but her partner suggested it might help the pain. She says smoking made her cough too much, which irritated her back, but she found relief from her sciatica and sleeplessness when she ate pot cookies.

CN MB: Editorial: Mr. Harper's Marijuana Pipe Dream

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 07:00
Winnipeg Free Press, 16 Jun 2015 - THE Harper government is quickly becoming its own satire of the mouldy propaganda that portrayed marijuana as the road to mental illness, crime and unemployment. Health Minister Rona Ambrose, for example, said last week she was shocked and "outraged" after the Supreme Court of Canada ruled medical-marijuana users can consume the product in a variety of ways, not just through smoking.

US CO: Edu: Column: Medical Marijuana Patients: Be Glad You Do Not

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 07:00
The Rocky Mountain Collegian, 17 Jun 2015 - Something terrible and heartless is happening east of our pot-friendly state. Shona Banda is a marijuana activist who attributes her recovery from Crohn's disease to her use of cannabis. Banda used a vaporizer to collect cannabis resin, with which she would create cannabis oil capsules for her personal use.

US CO: Column: Employees Take Hit From Colorado Supreme Court

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 07:00
Colorado Springs Independent, 17 Jun 2015 - Employees take hit On Monday, the Colorado Supreme Court dealt a blow to medical-marijuana patients when it confirmed that employees have no legal protection against being fired for off-duty use. Upholding two lower court rulings, the 6-0 decision came after Brandon Coats - a quadriplegic medical-cannabis user who was fired by Dish Network in 2010 after testing positive for pot - sued the company for wrongful termination, but lost repeatedly.

US CA: Column: A Tectonic Shift For Marijuana

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 07:00
East Bay Express, 17 Jun 2015 - With a Landslide Vote, the California Assembly Passed Sensible Medical Pot Regulations. This Is What the End of a Drug War Looks Like. California's billion-dollar medical cannabis industry stands a good chance of getting its first-ever state-level regulations this year. Assembly Bill 266 passed by a landslide vote - 62-8 - on the Assembly floor on June 4, and experts say it faces decent odds of passing the state Senate and being signed by Governor Jerry Brown.

US WA: Column: Call Me Cannabis

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 07:00
Seattle Weekly, 17 Jun 2015 - Comparing Pot Use to Something Else That's None of the Government's Business. Before I launch into this analogy, I would like to say that I understand how many will find it inappropriate, and that I came up with the notion while stoned out of my mind.